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In March of 2019, I in-took various Ted Talk presentations and published articles on the topic of homelessness and poverty. In doing so, I garnered a wealth of knowledge and a vast understanding on the topic with the support of facts, statistics, solutions and the challenges accompanying poverty faced here in America as well as abroad. In seeking to have questions answered on the issue of homelessness, I garnered a greater understanding and an empowering perspective enabling me to evolve my own views on this epidemic.

My learning experience opened my awareness and prompted me to ponder the idea that rather than judging, what if we asked more questions. When we think we know, we perpetuate stereotypes largely resulting in a harmful cause-and-effect of sorts. Such lack of information oft-times leads to a lack of empathy based on ignorance resulting in much indifference, potential antagonism, and a lack of interpersonal interest in those most vulnerable in society. Much of what we presume to be the root causes and solutions (or lack-thereof) of homelessness are in fact inaccurate based upon research released over the past decade. The means for resolving homelessness is ironically opposite that of what many, including myself, tend to believe to be the cure. On this site, you will find the most applicable means and methods alongside tried-and-true solutions for resolving homelessness and alleviating poverty. 

Homelessness is a global dilemma which we have become all-too accustomed to. Resolving homelessness can be and is a realistic objective that benefits the individual(s) facing such conditions as well as reconciles the tangential consequences facing our communities and society at large in cities and towns across America. From improving the livelihood and well-being of ourselves and fellow neighbors to reconciling how tax-dollars are spent year-after-year, to the ethical and moral obligations of just-equity being extended to those most in need - now is the time for each of us to be informed about what it takes to make progress on an issue that has blind-sided the better part of our humanity for far too long. 

Resolving homelessness and poverty results in a greater safety and happiness for ourselves, our communities, and those feeling left out. Many thanks to the numerous Ted Talk presenters and varied researchers who continue to dedicate their time and efforts toward absolving this seemingly persistent and ubiquitous problem. Homelessness affects and afflicts each and every one of us, whether directly or indirectly, and overcoming it starts with empowering ourselves with the knowledge and awareness concerning this complex global problem so that we may overcome its harrowing affects once and for all for ourselves and for future generations.

-Suleiman Aloul, Shift Supervisor at The Haven

"The solution to homelessness is housing."

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Min 02:21 - 04:40     #HousingFirstDefined
Min 04:42 - 07:15     #HousingFirstInvention #HumanRight #ClinicalApproach
Min 07:15 - 09:30     #EvidenceBasedPractice #ResultsDriven #Sobriety
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Min 13:26 - 15:00     #Policy #Grants #Spending #Funding
Min 15:01 -  20:11    #HousingFirstPrinciples #FiveStepMethod
Min 21:13 - 22:02    #RentSupport #FinancialFunding
Min 23:04 - 24:56    #ChallengesFacedOnceHoused #LeaseViolations
Min 25:00 - 26:40    #GovernmentRole #GovernmentFunding #Intervention #Support
Min 26:43 - 28:22    #PublicAdvocating #PoliticalWill #PublicRole

"While the model is simple, the Housing First Program is very complex and requires dedicated staff to coordinate all aspects (outreach, housing, healthcare, treatment and case management) of the program in order for the people we serve to be successful in their recoveries. Housing First means there are no conditions that have to be met before the person moves in. Stable, supportive housing is merely the first step towards reintegrating into their community, rebuilding family relationships, reconnecting with their faith fellowships, and experiencing an improvement in overall physical health and psychological well-being. . . the Housing First model demonstrates that the vast majority of people we connect with permanent supportive housing stay in that housing and on the path to recovery." (source)